The Congress party leaders questioned the legality behind the distribution of flood relief funds through cash instead of giving away them in the form of cheques or direct online transfers.
Alleging serious irregularities in this connection, a delegation led by its national spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju formally staged a protest in front of the GHMC office. Later, they called on the Commissioner and submitted a memorandum seeking an inquiry into the irregularities taken place in the distribution of relief measures.
Dasoju Sravan said the whole flood relief funds distribution process seems like a big scam in which the ruling TRS party leaders are involved to loot the public money like vultures. They raised 11 questions in the memorandum submitted to GHMC chief including pointing out at the irregularities, discrimination and misrepresentation in the distribution of flood relief.
Dasoju also criticized the government’s approach in giving step-motherly treatment towards the flood victims. “Congress party demands Rs 50,000 for every flood victim’s family and Rs 5,00,000 to fully destroyed house and Rs 2,50,000 for the partially destroyed house. Despite being agreed to give Rs 10,000 for each family, however, they gave only Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and some they gave Rs 5,000”, he explained.
The senior Congress party leader has lamented the government for indulging into constitutional violations while resorting to vote bank politics through money-making practices. He pointed out that the distribution of flood relief funds in cash instead of using online transfers or cheques leads to heavy corruption and only benefiting the local TRS party leaders to pocketing the public money as it is not being distributed properly to the needy. “Which law permitted the Government and GHMC authorities to withdraw such hundreds of crores of Rupees from Banks”, he questioned.
As per the GHMC estimates, about 3.9 lakh people have been identified as flood victims and Rs 380 crore flood relief funds have been distributed to them. But, what is the basis of this number, did the GHMC conduct any door to door survey, Dr Sravan asks. He further demanded a white paper with the division wise list of beneficiaries who have received the funds.
The Congress leaders also advised the government to be emphatic towards the flood victims and give away the relief funds to the flood-affected tenants in addition to the owners to save them from the massive distraction. He demanded to call for an all-party meeting to discuss the reasons for the devastation.